Davis Cup road woes continue for Blake in Sweden

At 11-8, James Blake's singles record in Davis Cup play leaves something to be desired. The fact that he's won only one "live" road match is cause for even greater concern, writes Bonnie D. Ford.

Updated: September 22, 2007, 1:24 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Playing second singles in Davis Cup necessarily means getting fewer chances at playing meaningful matches. The result is often in the books by the time the country's No. 2 takes the court on the final Sunday, since the No. 1 always leads off.

James Blake had a respectable 11-7 Davis Cup singles record heading into this weekend's semifinal round against Sweden, but seven of his wins have come in "dead rubbers" -- the antiquated phrase for exhibition ...

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